Worms in dogs is a problem that all dog owners have to look out for and, in some cases, face. Your dog can contract worms in a number of ways, but the most common is through ingesting fleas, another common ailment for canines. If you suspect your dog has worms or you know it does, learn how to treat the these parasitic nuisances quickly and prevent them from returning.
Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately to begin treatment if you believe your dog has worms. In most cases, you'll need to bring in a stool sample for diagnosis, so collect this before you go, usually in a paper bag or plastic container.
Administer medication accordingly once your veterinarian has determined the type of worm your dog is suffering. Deworming medication is usually an oral or suppository medication to be taken over a period of a few days.
Follow medication instructions stringently, and don't skip any days. To get rid of worms fast and effectively you must stick with treatment daily, to insure you kill all of the parasites.
Treat your dog for fleas as well. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest and most effective flea treatment that can be done while treating your dog for worms. Fleas are a common cause of worms in dogs.
Clean all carpets, furniture, dog food bowls, litter boxes, if you have any, and any area in your home where you dog spends a lot of time. Worm eggs can still be present in the house, and if your dog comes into contact with them, worms will not go away.
Use preventive treatment twice a year to ensure you are protecting your dog from worm infestation. Treatment can be bought at most pet stores.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.